Archive of: November, 2013

  • Beautiful Period Home Refurbishment

    We’ve got an exciting project to show you today!

    We were asked to provide the furniture throughout this newly remodelled period house and we knew that the result was going to be stunning as the property belonged to a retired architect. We were involved at an early stage, which is always great as we can influence the design to make the best of the available space.

    The brief for the kitchen was to create a simplistic and functional space for cooking, socialising and relaxing with the emphasis being on design and materials. This was achieved with a mostly white and stainless steel colour scheme against a real oak floor which gives the room warmth.

    The client wanted a focal point for the kitchen and as the house is situated in a village with beautiful woods nearby, decided to incorporate a photo of them in bluebell season, for which we provided the photography which was fun to shoot! The photo was then enlarged and applied to the wall behind the sink run with clear glass on top for protection. This really is a beautiful and unexpected way of adding colour to a neutral space and can be changed when required.

    Here’s a closer shot of the photograph splashback which I’m sure you’ll agree looks stunning.

    The kitchen is lay-on in design with hand painted shaker doors and frames with brushed stainless steel bar handles. As we were involved in the design from an early stage we were able to recess the Neff ovens and two cooks pantry’s (at the back of the photo below) neatly into the kitchen wall. The doors of the cooks pantry’s fold back to create maximum storage and small working areas inside.

    The work surfaces throughout are white quartz adding to the modern but understated feel and the island has beautiful stainless steel legs and supports running around it’s perimeter. The Neff induction hob is flush fitted and we also designed in an integrated chopping board. As you can see below there is a cosy corner with a sofa to relax in along with seating at the far end of the island.

    We also designed these hand painted bookcases in the living room either side of the beautiful fireplace.

    They are painted in shades of grey from Farrow and Ball and have cockbead detailing to each shelf and frame.

    The bookcase below also discreetly houses the T.V.

    The bi-fold doors can be opened and closed accordingly.

    The client also requested a small bar area adjoined to the lounge which we thought was a really neat idea! Ideal for entertaining especially at large social gatherings.

    Here’s another bookcase we installed below.

    And finally we designed this beautiful desk using the same detailing as the kitchen island.

    We were very lucky to be involved in such a wonderful project. What do you think about the kitchen with it’s bluebell splashback? Do you like the muted colour scheme used throughout? And the bar area next to the lounge? We’d love to know your thoughts.

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  • New Project to view in Letchworth

    New Project to view in Letchworth

    As always, our bespoke kitchens are designed and built to suit lifestyle and family needs and this one is no exception. Plenty of island seating and really importantly, lots of room to move around it. Large cabinets and deep drawers for convenient storage plus accessible shelving for cook books and a wine fridge perfectly positioned for the cook! Look closely and you’ll see that the larder is shallow in depth. This was deliberately (and cleverly!) designed to accommodate a large beam behind the back of the cabinet, yet still allows this run of cabinets to look balanced.
    We’re loving the distinctive brass handles by Armac Martin against the Hardwicke White paint colour on the cabinetry – along with the Hand Silvered Antiqued mirror splashback there’s plenty of up-to-the-minute design details which ensure this classic shaker is contemporary yes classic in equal measure.

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  • Lovely treats from Quooker!

    Lovely treats from Quooker!

    It was a lovely end-of-the-week treat to receive a visit from Quooker who teamed up with Smart Bar, to bring us some delicious Quooker goodies. At Planet we love their taps so were delighted to be part of this promo to mark their much anticipated re-opening.

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  • How our business has continued throughout COVID-19

    How our business has continued throughout COVID-19

    Spring is in the air and hope is on the horizon as we reflect on the last 12 months of doing business in such challenging times.

    As so many small (and large!) companies have floundered through this pandemic, here at Planet, we are eternally grateful to still be in business and to be doing well. Thanks, in part to us operating in an industry that has always put the home centre stage, which for the best part of a year has become our sanctuary as well as our workplace, school and playground! But, also thanks to our brilliant suppliers, who have gone all out to help us deliver on our promise time and time again despite the, sometimes, slimmed down workforce, and supply limitations further down the supplier chain.

    Obviously, like all businesses no matter what sector, we’ve had to adapt to doing things differently and the biggest shift has been the use of tech. Whilst we might be getting a bit Zoom weary, it has been vital at enabling us to present and share designs and to carry on consulting with clients. And, although it’s not quite the same as face-to-face, which is obviously a more natural way of building a relationship with our clients, we actually think video technology will have a permanent role in our business post-Covid, as it’s proved so beneficial for clients who live a bit further away from our showroom.
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    The adaptions have continued onto our site visits (which we undertake at the onset of a project and then again later on for the technical survey) where our employees wear the necessary protection, as per the Government guidelines and we have to, kindly, request that clients and other trades vacate the room, if possible, whilst we complete the surveying. Again, everyone we work with (clients and suppliers) have been amazingly supportive and understanding. We’re looking forward to ‘normal’ times when we can all gather on the site, cuppa in hand and discuss the progress of the project.
    We’ve been extremely lucky that the only delays our clients have had to experience is sometimes with appliances – some of the lead times on certain items are extremely long so we have to manage this and always make our clients aware of any potential delays in the soonest time possible. Happily, everything else has been fairly normal in terms of supply and lead times. Even our workshop has been able to operate as normal, producing even more bespoke furniture and cabinets than in pre-Covid times. We are fortunate to have enough space for our team of craftsmen to be spaced apart, along with all the current safety guidelines which are in place to ensure the health and safety of all our employees.
    Which is all just as well as we have, very happily, noticed a spike in enquiries for home improvements, especially home office areas, studies and media units. And whilst the trend for large open family kitchens has been growing, steadily, for a number of years now, this trend continues at a pace as the hope of entertaining is finally creeping back on to the agenda for most of us.
    So yes, we know we’re one of the lucky small, local businesses to be here some 12 month after this pandemic landed, and as long as people want their homes improving and/or extending we plan on being around a lot longer!

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  • Green is the colour!

    Green is the colour!

    The large, open plan space lends itself, perfectly , to the rich colour of the bespoke Shaker cabinets, creating a kitchen zone where the vibrancy of the blue/green pops in the otherwise neutral colour scheme of the wider space. We’re excited to see how much green is taking off in kitchen trends and this particular shade is bang on trend!
    Providing ample space for sitting as well as prepping and storage, the large kitchen island with its CRL Quartz Calacatta worktop is as functional as it is beautiful. The sharp white marble finish is durable enough for family living and pairs beautifully with the integrated Neff hob and downdraft extractor.
    The shelving above the sink run looks fab with the integrated lighting and adds the touch of personality that comes with a totally bespoke design, whilst the Quooker Flex Tap in Stainless Steel looks elegant against the Quartz worktop. Finally, check out the tall cupboard with its spice rack (or bottle holder) built into the door. All of our cabinetry is built to your specification so that no space, no matter how small is wasted. Genius!

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  • We're in House & Garden

    We're in House & Garden

    We’re delighted to see one of our recent projects featured in November’s issue of House & Garden. This project is from our Handmade in Hitchin range and can be seen, in full, here https://www.planetfurniture.co.uk/gallery/album.php?s=shaker-kitchen-living-room

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  • New Project in Welwyn

    New Project in Welwyn

    In this project the kitchen and living areas have been hand built in a classic Shaker style which is sure to stand the test of time but with some lovely contemporary touches. The mirror splashback, in the kitchen, allows the natural light to bounce around the kitchen and the copper accents are bright and stylish and keep the whole look current. The pendants are from tom Dixon @tom_dixon11.
    The cabinets are hand painted in F&B’s downpipe which is a favourite, and for good reason. It contrasts beautifully with their chalky Wimbourne White and, in an open plan living situation like this, it sets the kitchen area apart from living area.
    At Planet we love combining two finishes. Here, the Corian worktop in Vanilla sits beautifully with the Solid Oak Breakfast Bar which in itself is great with a wooden floor.
    The colours and finishes continue into the Living Room which unifies the whole look. The cupboards and shelving are painted in Wimbourne White with accents of the Downpipe on the back panels of the shelving. A drinks cabinet has become a popular addition to our projects, and no wonder! It’s a stylish and fun addition to the room. With doors closed it blends perfectly with the run of storage cupboards and open – no detail has been overlooked. It has integrated lighting and the worktop is the same Vanilla Corian as the kitchen. To complete the drinks cupboard a scalloped oak wine rack below has been hand built by our skilled craftsmen.

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  • New Project!

    New Project!

    Introducing our latest project from our Next125 range. The renovation in Hitchin features the renowned German range which is a perfect choice for a contemporary look that is stylish and sleek and built to the highest standards.
    We love how the run of tall cabinets in a Walnut Veneer the Indigo Blue Lacquer and mirrors the wide planked Solid Walnut breakfast bar. The Walnut reflects other pieces of furniture in the wider living space and brings the whole look together.
    The integrated Neff appliances gives a smart, uncluttered finish and the Caesarstone Raw Concrete worktops are tactile and functional and provide a lovely contrast to the Walnut. Once again we are pleased to be able to include a Quooker Flex tap in Stainless Steel.
    This is a fantastic living space for the whole family and we were delighted to work with them to achieve a look that works across both the kitchen and living areas.
    Lots more lovely pictures here “:https://www.planetfurniture.co.uk/gallery/album.php?s=blue-walnut-next125

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  • We're Re-Opening!

    We're Re-Opening!

    To all of our customers, followers and anyone interested in discussing their new project with us;
    We are excited to tell you that Planet Furniture will be reopening for business on Tuesday 26th May with the showroom open to you from Monday 1st June. Your safety and that of our team is of paramount importance to us, so In line with Government guidance we are putting in place the following social distancing and hygiene measures;
    • Appointment only until further notice
    • Only 1 person or a couple from the same household, please, at one time
    • Please keep 2 metres apart in the showroom
    • Hand sanitizers will be available and all of the surfaces will be regularly cleaned
    • Whilst we won’t be able to offer any refreshments during your visit, please feel free to bring your own.
    • Please don’t enter if you have any symptoms
    We would like to thank you for your patience and support during this time. As a local business we can’t wait to welcome you back to discuss your new project and get going with what we do best – designing and building bespoke furniture and kitchens.

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